When COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd changed life as we know it, the School of Public Health took immediate, decisive action to address the most urgent public health needs.
We committed to combating racism and addressing health disparities through the strength of our research, education, and community partnerships. Donors and friends rose to the challenge, showing unhesitating generosity even in the face of economic uncertainty and hardship. Each gift, large and small, bolstered the resilience of our public health community and symbolized the power of collaboration and leadership in the Driven campaign’s final months.
As we celebrate the gifts that brought us to the $40 million campaign milestone, we face the work of the future with optimism and determination. For the first time in our school’s history, nearly 3,500 first-time donors funded urgent public health priorities and persistent needs. Thank you!
Philanthropy has a profound impact. For example, our campaign donors provided nearly $10 million in student scholarships, activated more than $23 million in funding research and community outreach projects, and helped to create the school’s brand new Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity.
As we mark an impressive campaign total that reflects great potential, we also recognize our responsibility to use this momentum to inspire generosity that will move us to a more just, equitable, and inclusive world. We believe that health is a human right. Our commitment to social change is at the heart of what we do. We invite all our alumni, friends, and donors to join us in supporting our efforts in building equity and driving justice.
Brian Osberg, Co-chair, SPH Driven Campaign
Jess Kowal, SPH Chief Development Officer & Director of Advancement